On Friday 1st July, Stoneygate School saw a wonderful evening of music-making. We heard a huge variety of music and witnessed our pupils really enjoying themselves.
Senior Choir started the concert with a medley from Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat– featuring a beautiful duet from Gracie F and Hattie T, Mr Ashwin’s Elvis impression and Will M dressed as Joseph. Senior Orchestra continued the Joseph theme with an energetic account of the Benjamin Calypso.
We also heard solos from two of our Year 8 performers, Freya and Gina. Freya sang the angelic and soaring solo, Pie Jesu from Lloyd-Webber’s Requiem. Gina performed Prelude from Reade’s Victorian Kitchen Garden Suite on the clarinet with a real beauty of tone. It was also wonderful to hear Siddharth’s rendition of The Gas Man Cometh – he had the audience chuckling away through the story.
Junior Orchestra have really developed their ensemble playing, performing two lively, fun pieces – Razza Sazza and Thing-a-mi-jig, conducted by Mrs Thompson.
Mr Webster, Head of Woodwind and Brass at Uppingham School, came back to Stoneygate School to perform an incredibly virtuosic clarinet piece, Solo de Concours by Messager. Mr Webster left Stoneygate in 1980 with a music scholarship to Uppingham School and it was wonderful to hear a professional performer who started his musical journey in similar shoes to our current Stoneygate pupils. I am very grateful to Mr Ashwin for accompanying this performance – a feat.
Senior Orchestra performed arrangements of two folk songs – Salley Gardens and Dashing Away With the Smoothing Iron. They play mostly one to a part, which requires absolute concentration, and they played with a lovely sense of line and rhythm and a beautiful richness of tone.
Senior Guitar Group played Are You With Me by Lost Frequencies and the James Bond theme tune. The arrangements were made especially for these players by Mr James, and they handed around the melodies and harmonies with apparent ease. Thank you to Mr James for bringing the group on so much this year.
There was panic amongst four parents as they were called upon to play various toy instruments in Leopold Mozart’s Toy Symphony. They had no idea that they were going to have to do this and were very good sports, playing their toys instruments with style! Mr Dobson was also called upon (also a total surprise) to play the rattle and chime bar. What a great team when combined with four of our Year 8 wind and brass players: Freya, Gracie, Gina and Patrick.
It is now a tradition that Mr Ashwin organises an a capella performance for the Year 8 members of Senior Choir. They gave a very touching performance of I’ll be there for you by The Rembrants.
The concert finished with a set from Senior Choir, which they sang with conviction, energy and style. I was delighted with their performance and really pleased to see smiles on faces.
Our finale was a joint performance of The World in Union. This began with a memorable solo by Pippa N and was accompanied by Senior Orchestra. Senior Choir was joined by members of Junior Orchestra and Senior Guitar Group. The effect was strong and utterly convincing.
To cool everyone down, an ice-cream van was selling refreshments in the courtyard. This seemed to be a welcome treat, judging from the looks on the children’s faces!
Well done to everyone who took part and huge thanks to everyone who supported the concert. Particular thanks go to Mr Webster, Mr James, Mrs Thompson and Mr Ashwin.